Feb. 2, 2007 -- Non-farm payrolls rose by 111,000 in January to 137.3 million, while the national unemployment rate inched up to 4.6 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The gains in payrolls followed larger increases in both November and December, the report said. In 2006, payrolls grew by an average 187,000 per month, the report said.

In January, employment increased in health care, professional and business services, and transportation, but was largely unchanged in the wholesale and retail sectors, the report said.

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Published on: Feb 2, 2007